12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
15 All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.
16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
I am exhausted! I have been praying and fasting all week because of this situation. I have been beaten up all week by this parent. “God, I need you and I trust you will handle this situation!” “God, why are you allowing this to happen to me?” “Why have become a target for this parent to deface my character?”
As an educator, you are sometime a target for parents’ complaints. Parents can often times make your job harder by complaining that you are not doing your job to their satisfaction. Not realizing the hours you spend preparing lessons to enhance their child’s knowledge. No matter what you do, they are still not satisfied. Have you ever felt like that on your job? Have you ever felt like you best was not good enough?
The parent not only complained about my expertise as a teacher, but she defaced me in the public. Although the parent requested that her child be taken out my class, I pressed forward and continued to give the other students the best I had.
Paul tells us that no of us are perfect. He states this twice in verse 12. Paul let us know that none of us have it altogether. This parent was looking for a perfect teacher. That I am not, however I serve a perfect God.
Since this situation has taken place, I realized God used this parent’s actions to increase my faith and strengthen my prayer life. The increased faith and trust in God has allowed him to shower me with his blessings over and over again. This mess has caused me to keep my eyes on His ministry. Therefore, I thank the parent for her complaints. Her mess has caused miracles for me!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Though my enemies come to attack me, I trust You to cover me. Lord, I am not perfect, but You are. I love You because You said that You will make my enemies my footstool. Thank You for your protection.
In Jesus Name,
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